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LODGE HISTORY

The establishment of a lodge in the Green Bay area had been considered for many years and it was brought to life primarily due the efforts of Captains Charles Geiger, Kurth Grainger, Albert LaBlanc, and Leslie Dix.  On March 26th, 1963 a special meeting of the Grand Lodge was convened at the Northland Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the purpose of presenting a charter to Green Bay Lodge #18 of the International Shipmaster’s Association.

The charter was presented at a dinner to honor the occasion and the first officers were Charles Geiger, President;  Ralph Weber, First Vice-President;  Bernard Elliot, Second Vice-President;  Kurth Grainger, Secretary;  Robert Zeitler, Treasurer;  Leslie Dix, Marshall;  William Gauger, Chaplain;  Donald Echols, Warden;  and Henry Wagner, Sentinel.  Other charter members included Albert LaBlanc, Arthur Roulette, Raymond Long, Theodore Jarvinen, William Thomas, John Jordan, Liel Osell, Michael Elson, Olav Kaldeross, Everett Knutsson, Lloyd Spude, John Roen, Marcus Roen and Rasmus Svensdahl.

Several members of Lodge 18 have served on the Grand Lodge including past Grand Lodge Presidents Ralph F. Weber (1973) and Kurth R. Grainger (1979).  Captain Grainger further served as the Grand Lodge Secretary from 1980 to 1988 and was Grand Lodge Treasurer for much of that time as well.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES
Todays members come from as far as Milwaukee, Escanaba or Washington Island to luncheon meetings held at restaurants in towns around the area.  Meetings are held monthly (less June and July) on the second Wednesday.  An active ladies auxiliary group meets at the same time and place as the lodge meetings though they dine separately.  Dues vary by class of membership but average about $50 per year.
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